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Waiting For Bolivar Ferry

November 18, 2010

by Cynthia Cox

We wait our turn
on a weekend
when tourists and teens
on the peninsula
to stretch their skin
in the sun: engines off,
windows down,
radios up,
as if the beat
some inner rhythm
of parched hearts.

A sheen of boys
begins to volley
for attention, girls
in open truckbeds
cake makeup,
spray hair
already starched
with heat.

The shoreline
brings the sleaze
out of everyone,
the steam
that shimmies up
from the concrete,
the stick, the sweat,
the hidden grit
that slicks
to the surface.

We are waiting
for Bolivar Ferry.

When it docks
we’ll all pull forward
in tight metal rows
onto the boat
that will slick us
like plastic
six-pack scrap
across the sea.

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Cynthia Cox (blog) taught high school English for ten years, and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in counseling. Her poems have appeared in various publications over the years, most recently in Cider Press Review, Albatross, and Epicenter magazine.

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  1. November 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Nicely done. I love “plastic / six-pack scrap / across the sea.”

    I’ve spent many an hour waiting for Boliver Ferry but the ride is always worth it, especially heading to the peninsula and all those open straightaway miles of Hwy 87. You capture that sense of anticipation so well.

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